Union Democrat staff

Right thing

To the editor:

We are aging baby-boomers who have lost our health care coverage because the cost has risen beyond our reach. We are acutely interested in the outcome of the historic vote on HR 3962.

We are also acutely disappointed that our congressman, Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa, elected to vote against it. Affordable health care should be available for all, and we would encourage Mr. Radanovich to reconsider his stance.

The stakes are very high - our lives, in some cases, depend on it. Stop the partisan bickering, and do the right thing.

Glenn Morgan



To the editor:

Not surprisingly, there are beginning to be indications that the intensely ballyhooed "Tea Bag" affair has begun to boomerang on its politically extreme-right promoters.

Presuming their intent was to entrench a political agenda that would enhance their objectives, it was in effect a "no go." Obviously, its primary target was the Obama administration in general, and especially its efforts to establish a national health care program that would sideline the insurance industry, as well as put limits on what the pharmaceutical giants could charge.

No doubt, they opposed that program as being in contradiction with "free market" capitalist economic relations, as they envisioned them. Even worse, as leading to a substitution of them by an overall "socialization" of our lives, with "Big Government" in control of everything we need to sustain life.

So, maybe they were a bit far out in their suppositions, in view of the fact that many government services are common in developed societies. Even in more or less backward ones. Just what all they covered in specific situations depended on their level of social development.

Incidentally, as a "by the way," without citing any figures, it is safe to say, a government-administered health care plan would cost significantly less than what we now have to pay.

Another side of the coin: The extreme right "captains of industry" trying to cast themselves as guardians of the public good sounds a little hollow. Since when has their type become angels of human kindness?

Del Berg


Paradise threatened

To the editor:

A visiting Irishman without a dime developed an abscessed tooth, which required surgery.

I drove him to the building off Greenley Road, where folks apply for help, food stamps, etc.. While waiting hours for the paperwork, a woman and her daughter, a young mom, showed up. They were wailing like banshees that a "special formula" for the baby wasn't working, the baby was gravely ill and needed more expensive formula. They were given some money to buy it. I empathized, glad the poor could receive this help.

I took the Irishman to the hospital for surgery and went to the Sonora Inn to wait. Aha, the mom and daughter I had seen earlier were whooping it up for the daughter's birthday, buying drinks for friends. On seeing me, the daughter approached. "Am I gonna have a problem with you?" she asked.

I squeezed off two top-shelf margaritas from her after a short chat. Academy Awards notwithstanding, this entitlement mindset is rampant in California.

My retired father found double and triple Medicare billing for decades, and was unable to get squat done about it. Our paradise remains threatened by these events.

Dave Maloney


Good work

To the editor:

The Union Democrat should be congratulated on each day's edition. I find the articles and photography have variety and, for "our" community, it's the local flavor of each story.

In addition, I love the online version. While traveling, I can always catch up on Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. Keep up the good work. You are valued and appreciated.

Jim W. Hildreth